From here on, I am going to make a 'compendium' post every Monday that lists films and readings I enjoyed the previous week. I'm doing this so that I have one place where all the things I've enjoyed are logged and easy to return to, but also because there might be somebody else out there who actually enjoys some of the same things I do, and happens to enjoy something new because they found it here.
Enjoy, or not.
BOOKS & ARTICLES:
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I've just finished this one. It's not often that I get pulled along by a reading as with a melody, but Diaz's stories prose is so captivating that I couldn't help but to push back my bedtime to get to the end. Now I wish it weren't over.
A favorite passage from the section titled Otravida, Otravez:
"...Ana Iris is thin and worn. Her hair has not been cut in months; the split ends rise out of her thick strands like a second head of hair. She can still smile, though, so brightly it is a wonder that she doesn't set something alight."
Ecstatic Encounters, by Marci Shore, featured in the January 10th edition of the Times Literary Supplement. Really interesting read if you're at all interested in the French and Czech surrealists and the effect of Communism on arts and culture.
Rethinking Restriction: Creative Limitation as a Positive Force by M. Allen Cunningham, found in the most recent issue of Poets & Writers.
In this article Cunningham quotes Zadie Smith:
"Magical thinking makes you crazy--and renders everything possible. Incredibly knotty problems of structure now resolve themselves with inspired ease. See that one paragraph? It only needs to be moved..."